Subadh Kumar Nayak

Bhubaneswar: Apart from unleashing copious rain and windstorm gusting up to 200 kmph that blew away thatched roofs of houses, swamped towns and villages, cyclone Fani, which made landfall near Puri on Friday has also adversely affected the education sector in the State.

In the wake of utter destruction by the extremely severe cyclonic storm in the State, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2019 which was slated to be held across the country on May 5 has been postponed in Odisha.

According to reports, the Union HRD Ministry today announced the postponement of the NEET in Odisha. Union HRD Secretary R Subramanyam informed that the NEET has been postponed as per the request of Odisha government for relief and rehabilitation work following cyclone Fani.

The revised schedule for the exam in Odisha will be announced later, said Subramanyam in a Twitter post.

Not only this, cyclone Fani has also severely affected the evaluation of annual plus two examination answer sheets as the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) remained out of reach of the evaluation centres in the affected districts of the state, mostly in the coastal parts of Odisha.

CHSE Deputy Examination Controller, Prasant Das, while speaking exclusively to OTV, informed that the end of the answer sheet evaluation especially in the coastal belt is likely to get delayed as the Council is not able to contact any of the evaluation centres post cyclone Fani.

"Earlier, the evaluation process was hampered due to the Lok Sabha and State Assembly elections in the State. And now, it has been hit by the cyclone. Besides, we are not able to get any information about the situation in the evaluation centres especially in the coastal belt as we are not able to contact them after cyclone Fani. The internet and mobile networks are also down," said Das.

"It may take some time more to conclude the evaluation process in the affected areas. However, we will make elaborate arrangement to try to declare the results on time. If needed, we will engage more examiners in the cyclone affected areas," he added.

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